Object of the Day

Diablo elementary school class

This photograph was taken around the 1940s.


Can you identify any of the students in this photograph?

Could you tell us what grade these students might have been in at the time of this photograph?

Did you attend Diablo elementary school?

Please share with us in the comments section below!


  • Peggy Huff

    I attended 1st through 4th grade (Mrs Anderson is the only teacher I remember) in the old wooden building, mid-to-late 1950s. Dr Herr taught music in the basement of the gym; I played clarinet. I remember waiting under the building in class groups to go into the gym for the spring recital, where we did the Maypole in our crepe paper bonnets. My family lived on Endicott St and it was a two minute walk to school. I rode the bus from La Boca to attended 7th grade in the “new” annex.

    • Beverly Gross

      This photo was taken in the early to mid 1950s. This class graduated from Balboa High School in 1962. Some of the girls in the front row are Jeannie Hebert, Sheila (one of the twins), Bonnie Davis and Jeannie Halvosa, to name a few.

      • Mimi Stratford Collins

        Thanks for the year, Beverly. 🙂 This was the class behind me (’61). It’s a poignant setting; I remember that a classmate died there from being hit by a ball. We were 6th graders, 1954/55. I’m sorry to have forgotten his name, but I know it greatly affected all of us.

    • Mimi Stratford Collins

      Beverly Gross: Now that I look again, could this have been the Class of ’61? Front girl, 2nd from left – me? Lyn “Mimi” Stratford, 5th or 6th grade. If so, one of the blond girls would have been Betsy Dykes. Long ago and far away! 😀 <3

  • Margaret leigh

    I sent you the names of the staff at Diablo Elementary Scool in 1985-86 and 1986-87 as most of the staff was the same. I was the principal with a wonderful group of teachers. Margaret Leigh

  • Darlene A Trimble

    I lived in Corozal Army Post 1939 to 1942 and attended Diablo Elementary School in 1941/2. Remember it so clearly ….. yes, I am a bit older now …. we were evacuated when WW 2 started.

  • Rushelle Courtney Mason

    I attended Diablo Elementary from 5th through 6th 1950 and 1951. Lived on Corozal. Some of the kids I recognize but don’t remember names. I think they lived on Ft Clayton. I had lived on Clayton from 1948 to 1950. Went to Balboa Jr high for 7th grade in 1952/53.

  • Bill McIver

    I went to Diablo Elementary in 1947. Would very much to hear
    There was a dump about a half mile from the school. They’d explode surplus planes there. Gave us quite a jolt.
    We’d take the school bus, sometimes an army truck, through Albrook (?)field from Pedro Miguel.

    Best Wishes!

    Bill McIver

  • OP Herndon

    I went to Diablo Heights Elementary 1/2 way through the 2nd Grade through the 5th, I believe my teacher in 2nd grade was Mrs Jorgenson and in the 3rd grade it was Mrs. Coakley. Mrs. Coakly had a picture of her jet fighter pilot, son, on her desk I believe in the 4th grade I was a monitor, my job was to make sure everyone was up stairs when the bell rang. 5th and 6th grade we went to Ft. Kobbee. I saw the museum picture for the Curundu students at Ft Kobbe, I am the boy on the 2nd row 2nd from the left. I liked the girl in the 1st row 2nd from the right. I have tried spotting friends from that time, but so far can’t id anyone else. O.P. Herndon

  • Scott B

    My brother and I were just reminiscing and researching a bit on our time at Albrook. We were at Diablo from 1/72 to 1/75 in 1st – 4h grades. My best memory was getting suspended from the bus and having to ride my bike to school because I brought the book “Where Did I Come From?” On the bus for show and tell in Ms. Leudeke’s 2nd grade class. Laugh all you will but those wee the times then. All fond memories. I remember Mrs. Lamb (1st), Mrs Collins (3rd), and Mr. Wilson (4th) as well.

  • Maxine M. Karst

    I attended this school when it was the elementary school, as well as when it was the JHS (when they added a modern edition behind this wooden building).This photo looks like it was taken on the tennis court. I could be wrong, but a couple of the kids look familiar: In the back row, middle, looks like Dickey Rathgaber and to his right and one in between looks like Bobby McGinness (sp). Second from right kneeling, could be Donna Rathgaber. Style of clothes suggests to me to be more around the late ’50s maybe.

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